Determination Of Activated Methyl Cycle Metabolites And Glutathione In Cabbage Upon Sulfate Deprivation And Copper Toxicity | 34542
Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques
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The activated methyl cycle is a central metabolic pathway used to generate (and recycle) several important sulfur-containing
metabolites including methionine, S-adenosylmethionine, S-adenosylhomocysteine and homocysteine and enable methylation.
Glutathione is a ubiquitous intracellular peptide with diverse functions that include antioxidant defence and detoxification of toxic
metals and xenobiotics. Glutathione is present in plant tissue in the thiol-reduced (GSH) and disulfide-oxidized (GSSG) form. We
had developed a precise and sensitive method for the simultaneous measurement of several sulfur metabolites based on liquid
chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry and 34S-metabolic labelling of sulfur-containing metabolites in Arabidopsis
thaliana seedlings. Sulfur metabolites were extracted from freeze-dried roots and shoots of cabbage (Brassica pekinensis) after 14 and
21 days of plant cultivation with an aerated 25% Hoagland nutrient solution. The impact of sulfate deficiency and copper toxicity
(10 μM) on the levels of activated methyl cycle metabolites and glutathione in cabbage were determined by our method, which
is based on stable dilution-based liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry. The levels of these
metabolites only declined during the initial period of copper toxicity and most of them were further restored, while all the levels of
these metabolites except that of S-adenosylmethionine in the shoot declined during sulfate deficiency, resulting in significantly higher
ratios of S-adenosylmethionine/S-adenosylhomocysteine and GSH/GSSG in the shoot.
Mei-Hwei Tseng had completed her PhD from National Taiwan University and Postdoctoral studies at the Laboratory of Plant Physiology, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.